So what the hell is this?
Psychonauts is one of the games that is unimaginatively labeled an "Action-Adventure", but is is so much more. It was created by Double Fine Productions which was founded by Tim Schafer, whom you may (but probably will not) remember from games such as Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island 1 + 2, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, and Grim Fandango, which all share the virtues of being excellent games and full of mind-bendingly funny humor. Psychonauts continues this tradition by taking place at a summer camp for psychic children, where you enter the minds of people to find out (and hopefully fix) what's wrong with them, encountering all kind of weird and hilarious things and situations along the way.
Okay, we can all tell you really love this game, does anyone with actual credentials think so too?
Sure. Here's some quotes:
"The whole look of the game feels like the unholy love child of Tim Burton and a Pixar animation team, and it's just wonderful stuff...anyone looking for a fun and whimsical adventure with a brilliant presentation and a fantastic story will find just that in Psychonauts."
"The best platform game ever to grace the Xbox."
"It's one of the best platformers the system has seen, mostly thanks to its amazing visuals and downright hilarious dialogue."
Electronic Gaming Monthly:
"Anyone who doesn't fall for the unique characters, hilarious dialogue, and brilliantly conceived environments of Psychonauts has no soul."
Original Archived Version available at the Let's Play Archive